WINNIPEG, June 18, 2012 - Mr. Stuart Murray, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), and Ms. Barbara Hall, President of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA), signed a memorandum of understanding today that will see their organizations work jointly to fulfill their common goals of encouraging and fostering the advancement, promotion and understanding of human rights.
“This agreement marks the beginning of a long-term relationship that will allow the CMHR and CASHRA to provide the Canadian public greater access to information about human rights issues and opportunities to advance human rights,” Stuart Murray said. “Human rights agencies across the country serve an important public role and this agreement is an excellent starting point for both our organizations.”
“Every person, especially students, should have the opportunity to learn about human rights in Canada and abroad,” Barbara Hall said. “By combining the educational forces of every commission in the country with the CMHR’s initiatives, we will come close to achieving this goal.”
This memorandum of understanding establishes a framework for collaboration between the CMHR and CASHRA to work together to explore and implement opportunities for collaboration and mutual support in the pursuit of promoting human rights in Canada and internationally. It also outlines both organizations’ commitment to educating youth about human rights issues and creating opportunities for young people to learn about human rights and empower them to take action in their communities and beyond.
These collaborative efforts will help bring greater awareness to human rights issues across Canada and beyond and will help to promote human rights well before the CMHR opens its doors.
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About the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), currently under construction in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was established to provide a place for Canadians, and the world, to explore and promote the subject of human rights and to encourage human rights action. The CMHR was the first national museum established in over 40 years and the first national museum to be located outside the National Capital Region. For more information about the CMHR please visit http://humanrightsmuseum.ca/ or follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/cmhr_news and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/canadianmuseumforhumanrights.
The Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies is the national association of Canada's statutory agencies charged with administering federal, provincial and territorial human rights legislation. Its goals are to foster collaboration among its members and to serve as a national voice on human rights issues of common concern. CASHRA provides opportunities for members to exchange information about human rights laws in Canada and undertakes public education projects that promote and advocate for human rights in Canada and abroad. For more information about CASHRA, visit http://www.cashra.ca/default.html.
For more information on the partnership between CASHRA and the CMHR or for media inquiries, please contact:
Director of Communications
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Tel: 204 289-2000
Cell: 204 290-3651
Manitoba Human Rights Commission